ByAnne Parsons, writer at
Anne Parsons

Vampire Academy had all the makings of a hit movie: great writer-directer combo, and stellar source material from bestselling author Richelle Mead's books.

So what went wrong? The Washington Post called the vampire movie that only took $4 million at last opening weekend, "a lazy, bloody tale" and said that "the only thing that distinguishes this teen-magnet wannabe from its predecessors is how lazily it appears to have been slapped together."

Somehow it just didn't seem to come together for the Waters brothers, who between them have directed cult teen films like Mean Girls and Heathers.

The reviews of the film have been somewhat mixed, with many critics reiterating the damning lines from the Post, complaining of the convoluted story line ("a narrative mishmash", LA Times) and an unimaginative treatment of vampires, with New York Times reviewer Manohla Dargis calling the film a “genre rehash.”

Yet many of the critics also offer some form of absolution. Los Angeles Times critic Gary Goldstein calls the film a "likable comedic-thriller" regardless:

Director Mark Waters (Daniel's brother) of "Mean Girls" fame keeps the mayhem and magic moving apace so things are never boring; head-scratching maybe, but never boring.

Likewise at the NY Times:

Waters clearly didn’t have the budget to make what little hocus-pocus there is magical. He doesn’t do much with the camera, but he manages the material with a winking irreverence that makes the movie breeze right along."

Many critics have also praised the memorable performance from who play the lead Rose, a Dhampir (half human, half vampire) whose race is dedicated to protecting a good form of vampires known as Moroi.

Have you seen the movie yet? What did you think? Comment below!


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